#29. Tennessee



– Share of state experiencing drought conditions (20-year average): 13,100 sq. mi. (31.1% of land area); 2,006,810 people (31.6% of population)

— Moderate drought: 6,920 sq. mi. (16.4% of land area); 1,072,999 people (16.9% of population)

— Severe drought: 3,328 sq. mi. (7.9% of land area); 505,051 people (8.0% of population)

— Extreme drought: 1,425 sq. mi. (3.4% of land area); 216,625 people (3.4% of population)

— Exceptional drought: 445 sq. mi. (1.1% of land area); 68,152 people (1.1% of population)

A small percentage of Tennessee is exceptionally dry as of March 2021, creating problems with honey production and other areas of agriculture. In 2007, the state was ravaged by a devastating drought that lasted 116 weeks through 2009—at one point, more than 70% of the state was suffering from exceptional drought conditions. Residents were under strict water conservation orders, and hundreds of millions of dollars worth of crops were lost.